Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology 2020 Internship

Please use the following link to apply for our paid 2020 Marine Fisheries Ecology Internship located in Biloxi, MS: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.gle%2FRjDRmGE5uri8DoSV7&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C16bcf8d836db446cb61408d777d9bd78%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637109649387132041&sdata=f%2B%2BfZOybXNZ5hWyDHay3tMv%2BICXyKUmnSsV0IdxAXYA%3D&reserved=0

The Mississippi State University Marine Fisheries Ecology Program (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcoastal.msstate.edu%2Fmarine-fisheries-ecology&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C16bcf8d836db446cb61408d777d9bd78%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637109649387132041&sdata=ek0KxdFMwNrE00BxenNow6TzpwzY5P9yMMjTIZ1AXSU%3D&reserved=0) is seeking applicants for an internship position working under the direction of Dr. Marcus Drymon and Extension associates at the Coastal Research and Extension Center (CREC) in Biloxi, MS. Paid internships are available starting March 16th and ending October 16th.

Qualified applicants will assist with various field projects, primarily shark bottom longline surveys throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico. Applicants will be responsible for preparing gear, assisting with field shark and fish dissections, collecting samples, collecting and entering data, and taking care of other various laboratory processing tasks. In addition to lab and field work, incumbents will also be required to assist with outreach and education events. Travel for field work and outreach events may be necessary.


At least 18 years of age

B.S. or B.A. in biological or life sciences (Note: must be graduated by the start of this internship)

Valid driver’s license

Minimum of a 7-month commitment

Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays

Willingness and capacity to spend long days on a boat, potentially in extreme weather conditions

Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 50 pounds

Desired Skills:

Organized and able to work independently

Experience on boats

Comfortable speaking with strangers, particularly in an education setting

Experience handling fish, taking samples and data, or conducting field surveys (e.g. trawl, gillnet, quadrat, etc.)

Ability to operate small, outboard-powered boats

Knowledge and skills using computer programs, including Microsoft Office, QGIS, Photoshop, etc.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Application deadline is 11:59pm on February 1, 2020.

Questions? Contact the Marine Fisheries Ecology Program at marinefisheriesecology@gmail.com.